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- April 1, 2021: Vol. 15, Number 4

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Through a darkened lens: Institutional Real Estate Europe’s editorial board considers the implications of an uncertain and virtual world

by Marek Handzel

Breaking with custom, the most recent Institutional Real Estate Europe editorial board meeting was held virtually between 15 and 18 February. Taking place four months later than usual, the convention brought 63 key real estate investment decision-makers together to discuss the implications of the COVID-19 crisis.

The board’s 43 investors and consultants and 20 managers were split into smaller groups and invited to take part in one “break out” hour-long discussion on three consecutive days. All in all, the meeting consisted of 15 of these sessions, before everyone congregated on the final day to listen to a summary of what had been covered over the three days.

A number of new topics came up for consideration. Among them were virtual due diligence, the future of the office and urbanisation, and the speed at which structural shifts in consumer behaviour have taken place since February 2020. At the same time, perennial subjects, such as manager reporting, to

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